Saints Hold Off Daytona for 10-7 Win

photo of Jarrod Cande and Saints baseball team

The Saints fell behind 4-0 but put together a seven-run second inning and held on for a 10-7 win over Daytona State College Friday afternoon.

The Saints (31-13, 12-7 MFC) had four singles in the inning, two by Brock Edge, and took advantage of three walks and an error to erase the early deficit.

"I'm happy the way our guys bounced back after being down 4-0," said SF head coach Johnny Wiggs. "The big seven-run inning allowed us to relax a little."

Donovan Benoit (5-2) earned the win after shaking off early trouble and pitching into the sixth inning and recording 10 strikeouts. Brooks Walton pitched three strong innings of middle relief and Garrett Mathes finished things up earning his seventh save of the season.

"I'm proud of Benoit for battling through early trouble and going on to shut them down into the sixth," said Wiggs.

Edge, Caleb Stafford and Jarrod Cande each had two hits in the game for the Saints. Cande connected for his fourth home run of the year to lead off the sixth.

SF has now won seven straight and nine of their last 10 and have moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Mid-Florida Conference with five games to play.

"The guys have worked hard and found ways to win to put us in contention," said Wiggs. "Of course, we have to stay focused with five games to go."

The Saints will be off this weekend and will host the top team in the conference, The College of Central Florida, for a 3 p.m. game on Monday.

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